October 30, 2020 – Edmonton, Alberta – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
The governments of Canada and Alberta are expanding and extending the Alberta Beekeeper Stock Replacement Program, providing even more support to the province’s beekeepers.
Now accepting applications, the Canadian Agricultural Partnership program will help Alberta’s beekeepers offset increased colony replacement costs by ensuring any queens purchased between April 1 and Sept. 30 will be eligible for funding, and by extending the submission deadline to Jan. 29, 2021.
Last winter, many of the province’s beekeepers saw substantial winter losses in their colonies, forcing them to split their colonies and introduce new queens. These amendments will help them with the costs of purchasing those new queens.
Alberta is the largest producer of honey in Canada, and this program will help ensure our beekeepers are able to mitigate the impacts of a difficult year and the barriers created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Alberta’s Recovery Plan is a bold, ambitious long-term strategy to build, diversify, and create tens of thousands of jobs now. By building schools, roads and other core infrastructure we are benefiting our communities. By diversifying our economy and attracting investment with Canada’s most competitive tax environment, we are putting Alberta on a path for a generation of growth.